If you’re looking for a new cat companion, definitely consider adoption. There are so many benefits, and there are thousands of potential pets waiting for a new home. So, what are the benefits to adopting a cat?

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1. Pets need forever homes

With hundreds of thousands of pets being taken in at shelters every year, there is a dire need for these animals to find new forever homes. If you’re looking to welcome a cat into your life, be sure to consider adoptionYour perfect pet partner could be waiting for you.

2. Adopted pets are often trained and socialised

As most animals that are up for adoption have been pets before, they are often trained and socialised. Many shelters even take note of an animals personality and temperament and can match them to what you’re looking for.

3. You’ll get to know your pet before choosing them

As most pets that are up for adoption are adult animals, their temperament is more developed and you can get a better impression of the pet you’re going to get. While you may miss the cute kitten stage, you’ll end up with a pet that’s mature and happy to live with you. Less chance of furniture ruined by a clawing kitten, too!

4. Adoption saves lives

In the year 2014–2015, the RSPCA took in more than 50,000 cats. By adopting a cat, you’re helping to find homes for those animals that need them, and preventing them from being kept in the shelter or being euthanised.

5. You’re sure to get a healthy pet

Responsible pet shelters will desex and vaccinate your pet, perform a health test, keep worming up to date, and microchip them. This means fewer trips to the vet (an added cost of purchasing younger pets) and means your pet can settle in faster. You’ll also have the peace of mind, knowing your cat is in great health when you welcome them into your home.

6. It’s charitable, and cheaper

If you adopt a cat, you’ll pay only a small fee that will pay for the administration of the charitable organisation that facilitated the adoption. Organisations such as the RSPCA rely on these fees and donations to continue operating, and finding new homes for pets.

Did you know that Petbarn has helped more than 40,000 pets find homes through our 100+ adoption centres around Australia? Learn more about adoption with Petbarn.